Power and Needs

Double whammie today:

“How appropriate that the gods put under our control only the most powerful ability that governs all the rest—the ability to make the right use of external appearances—and that they didn’t put anything else under our control. Was this simply because they weren’t willing to give us more? I think if it had been possible they would have given us more, but it was impossible.”

Epictetus, Discourses, 1.1.7-8

“Nothing can satisfy greed, but even a small measure satisfies nature. So it is that the poverty of an exile brings no misfortune, for no place of exile is so barren as not to produce ample support for a person.”

Seneca, On Consolation to Helvia, 10.11b

I have the superpower of choice. It doesn’t have to bother me. It doesn’t have to hurt me or occupy my mind a moment more than necessary. I can choose how I react to anything today.

I don’t actually need that much. Just my mind and growth. Everything else is a “nice to have”.

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